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NNFCC News Review: Biofuels Issue 137, August 2023

Category: biofuels
Published: 22/08/2023
Author: NNFCC
Each month we review the latest news and select key announcements and commentary from across the biofuels sector.

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Ethanol is used globally as part of a fuel blends alongside fossil petroleum or as pure ethanol in specially modified vehicles. This ethanol is usually made using fermentation of plant sugars such as those present in food crops or waste food. It is also possible to produce ethanol via fermentation of plant residues (cellulosic ethanol) if the sugars present in cellulosic materials can be unlocked, although there are technical and sustainability challenges to achieving this efficiently. As cellulosic ethanol approaches commercial scale deployment alongside other sources of ethanol available at large scale, attention has transferred from using ethanol as part of a fuel blend towards using it to produce fuels for hard to decarbonize sectors such as aviation fuel or at smaller scales providing fuel for vehicles for which it is not feasible to convert to the use of biofuel blends such as classic cars. 

In the UK, IAG has invested in Nova Pangea Technologies which is seeking to build a commercial scale facility...

Other news this month includes:


  • Europe adds rules for charging stations and green maritime fuels
  • Global biofuel policy insights from IEA
  • More...


  • IAG invests in Nova Pangaea technologies for UK SAF
  • Hapag-Lloyd partners DB Schenker to decarbonise global supply chains

Research and Development

  • Assessing the future of second-generation bioethanol by 2030 


  • Bentley using ethanol biofuel at Crewe factory after Goodwood trial
  • CropEnergies invests more than €100 million in UK production site


  • New DAF trucks setup for HVO
  • Certas Energy provides low carbon HVO to Royal Mail 
  • More...

Aviation and Shipping Biofuel

  • British Antarctic Survey trials HVO for RRS Sir David Attenborough
  • BP to supply marine biofuel in Wellington
  • More...

Other Biofuels

  • New Holland develop biogas partnership in Brazil
  • Dimeta and Enerkem partner for Waste-to-DME projects
  • More...

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